Members join federal agency to answer the call to community service
Congressman Brian Higgins joined The Service Collaborative of WNY Monday for a special swearing-in ceremony for 76 new members committing to serve the Western New York community.
"AmeriCorps members serve in our schools and communities supporting students and rebuilding neighborhoods," Higgins said. "We thank them for choosing this path to service. We hope they grow through their experiences, and know our country and community will benefit from their commitment."
The Service Collaborative of WNY Executive Director Kate Sarata said, "When individuals choose to do a term of AmeriCorps service, they not only commit to change the community in which they are serving, they commit to changing themselves through the process. These members are our communities next community leaders."
During the past 21 years, almost 1 million men and women have joined AmeriCorps to make this country stronger. Throughout the month of October, 75,000 new AmeriCorps members will be sworn-in to service in communities across the country.
The Service Collaborative of WNY creates opportunities for all individuals to serve their communities, challenging them to turn their ideals into action and their passion into positive change. To learn more, visit www.TSCWNY.org.
The Corporation for National and Community Service engages millions of Americans in service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund and Volunteer Generation Fund programs, and leads the president's national call-to-service initiative, United We Serve. For more information on this federal agency, visit NationalService.gov.
The New York State Commission on National and Community Service's New Yorkers Volunteer, a governor-appointed commission, will administer the grants. The commission uses the power of AmeriCorps to address some of the state's most challenging issues, and encourages citizens to make a difference in the lives of others. For more information, visit www.newyorkersvolunteer.ny.gov.